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Register to Present at the Spring Symposium

Register to Present your Work

  • If you are interested in presenting, complete the Symposium Student Registration Form, where you can select what type of presentation you'd like to give.
  • Abstracts: All students will be asked to provide an abstract or artist statement of no more than 250 words describing their research/creative scholarship, as well as 2-4 keywords that could be used to search for your presentation. Students are expected to review the abstract with their mentor. The KU Writing Center website provides tips for writing abstracts>>; advice on writing abstracts and developing keywords can also be found on this site from Springer>>.
  • Awards: On the registration form, students will select whether they would like to have a judge evaluate their presentation at the event.  Students who are evaluated will be eligible for an Outstanding Presentation Award and will get feedback emailed to them after the event. Students giving oral presentations in the natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering will also be eligible for an award from the Sigma Xi professional society, which will be announced the week after the Symposium.  Students who choose not to be evaluated by a judge at the event will not be eligible for an award.
  • Registration must be received by March 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • If you are attending the Symposium but not presenting, you do not need to register.
  • If you are presenting as a group, fill out one registration form for the whole group.

Ways to Share Your Work

There are a variety of ways you can share your research or creative scholarship at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.  Our Center will hold workshops to help you prepare, no matter which format works best for you:

  • Oral presentations: You can present your work through a 10 minute oral presentation. If you choose this option, you would give a 10 minute presentation to a small group of people in a session with students from similar disciplines.
  • Artist's talk / performance: You may speak for 10 minutes about your creative process and situate your work within the larger context. As part of your artist's talk, you might incorporate slides or excerpts of your work, such as original poetry, a dance performance, or a piece of music. See more guidelines about artist's talks/performances (pdf)...
  • Poster presentations: Present your work visually through a poster presentation that you describe to visitors. If you choose this option, you would create a poster (see examples here>>) and stand next to your poster to discuss your research during a designated time of the Symposium.  Posters should be 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide. Options for printing include:
    • Students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences can print their posters for free through Jayhawk Ink in the Kansas Union.
    • Other students should check with their research mentor about directions for printing their posters.
    • Students may want to look online to find websites that sell custom printed fabric posters for professional presentations.  Some sites offer prices around $30 that may be less expensive than paper printing options.​
  • Digital: We will also have a limited number of spots available for students who would like to display their research posters on a large monitor instead of printing it out. Students can indicate that they want to use a monitor on the registration form. Priority will be given to students who would otherwise have to pay to print their posters themselves.
  • Display of creative work:  You can showcase your creative project through a table display at the Symposium.  You can bring in photographs of your artwork, sketches, textiles, etc.  You can also opt to bring a laptop to show short videos or slides of your work. This is a more informal way to share your work than an artist's talk/performance (above); if you choose this option, you would stand next to your work to informally discuss your creative process with visitors during a designated time of the Symposium. See more guidelines about displays of creative work (pdf)...
  • ACE Talks: Three students will also be selected to give one of the opening talks at the Symposium.  Read more about the ACE Talks...

Please note that you will be required to attend a workshop or meet with Center staff to help you prepare for the Symposium if you register to present your work.


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Deadline: 11:59 pm, March 18, 2020

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